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Designing with visual impairments in mind

Posted by tinelavrysen
Recently, my colleague Sjoera wrote an interesting blog on developing and designing appropriate interfaces for blind users. It is impressive how many tools there are available today and how we can use them to make these users’ lives easier. By using a few tools and keeping in mind some basic principles, we can really make a difference. But next to the blind, there is a group of people that suffer from other visual impairments, and therefore have different needs. We will highlight a few things to take into account.
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Designing or developing for the blind? These practical tips will help you along

Posted by Sjoera
As designers, we know the importance of a well-considered user interface: it should be easy to use and free from distractions. It should also offer a clear overview, have touch-friendly buttons and icons, etc. But when designing for blind people, you should take these rules even more to heart than ever. That’s right, blind users can benefit from a great user experience, on many levels. Blind people can and will use visual interfaces, but their needs are much different from users that are otherwise visually impaired (colour blind, long-sighted, etc). Let’s have a look at the basics and start from there.
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What is the right background for a React Native developer?

Posted by maartenanckaert
It’s been a while but high time to continue our blog series on React Native! Our first two blogs covered the topics of ‘React Native and the five key advantages’ and ‘React Native: a brief history’. We are gradually gaining more and more experience in building React Native apps, and we are looking for new colleagues to join us in this adventure. But what makes a good React Native developer? What is the right background: native or web?
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How our Silverback code became a massive time saver

Posted by Anthony Madhvani
Every application needs a portal for administrator access. At icapps, we build great software for our customers. They expect us to do most of the heavy lifting, but once the software is delivered and installed, they want to take matters into their own hands.
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API Versioning: an overview

Posted by Anthony Madhvani
When it comes to creating APIs, developers face the eternal dilemma: how can we ensure they are sufficiently stable and reliable, while allowing for the flexibility our (internal and external) customers have come to expect? The versioning approaches below might help. Finally, I’ll propose a versioning strategy which I consider the best fit for “general purpose” use.
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Machinebox: ready-to-use on-premise ML

Posted by Anthony Madhvani
Machine learning is fun but can be very cumbersome as well. Any tool that can help you get rid of the manual work therefore deserves our full attention. Machinebox promises exactly that, so we gladly put it to the test, and ended up even happier. Read our impressions and conclusion below.
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Accessibility for web

Posted by Jelle Mannaerts
At icapps, everyone gets the chance to do research on topics that are innovative and relevant for our jobs as developers and designers. Think of topics like AR, chatbots and voice UI. The results of these researchers are presented to the other icapps colleagues during the Innovation Lunches, which are organized several times a year. A great way for our team to stay up to date on the latest tech developments and innovations!
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Bye-bye iCapps, hello icapps

Posted by Dennis Covent
The past couple of months we have been working hard on rethinking the iCapps brand. First step was working on our vision and mission, which is important if you keep growing at a pace like ours. Once we managed to put our identity and goals into words, the time was right to tackle our logo and branding.
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Discovering the hidden power of Git in Barcelona

Posted by maartenanckaert
Last month, iCapps’ web development team went to Barcelona. Not to enjoy the nice weather and vibrant city life, mind you: we were drawn there by the relatively unknown Git Merge Conference. Git Merge is an event about all things Git. We all use Git on a daily basis but we were surprised by what we didn’t know yet.
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How we created our own iOS virtual reality experience

Posted by Ben Algoet
iOS has amazing native frameworks to help speed up development. UIKit and SceneKit are a few examples of the many frameworks we use in our daily development. Unfortunately, a framework with native support for virtual reality applications is not yet available. In this blog we will explain how we combined existing frameworks to create our own virtual reality experience.
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icapps Superheroes

Posted by Dennis Covent
While we’re already starting preparations for the next team weekend, it is definitely time to share the video recap of our Team Weekend in 2017!
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The iOS team in the city of (Swift) Love - dotSwift

Posted by Kristof Van Gemert
Last Monday, iCapps’ iOS team went to Paris. Besides putting our teeth into freshly baked baguettes and tasting fancy wines, we visited the annual dotSwift convention. The main ingredients of the convention: inspiring talks about the newest progressions within the Swift development world, a whole lot of Apple enthusiasts, and more food. The programme covered a large variety of subjects. In this blog we’ll look back on a few talks that caught our eye and inspired us.
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AI and the human-machine interface: growing too close for comfort?

Posted by tinelavrysen
At the beginning of each new year, people and organizations tend to look ahead to see what’s in store for them in the year to come, and beyond. At iCapps, we aim to stay ahead of the curve, so we invited a visionary speaker late last year: Peter van Hees, Innovation Manager at KBC. His insights were so thought-provoking that we decided to share some of them with you, and offer our perspective on them.
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Getting Ready for the GDPR

Posted by duponol
As of May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is in force. Created by the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, it is being imposed on all members, with the aim of creating a harmonised data protection law framework across the EU and giving citizens back the control of their personal data.  Strict rules are imposed on those hosting and 'processing' this data, anywhere in the world. 
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React Native: a brief history

Posted by Jasper Vercammen
A while ago our colleague Anthony introduced you to React Native and the five key advantages. And there’s still so much more to say about React Native. We thought it might be a good idea to share our experiences, the lessons learned and some tips in a couple of blog posts. First one up: since we started experimenting with React Native, how has the framework itself evolved and what have we learned along the way?
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iCapps nominated for the Deloitte Fast 50!

Posted by nielsleunen
We’re pleased to announce that, for the 3rd year in a row, iCapps has been nominated for the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 award. This prestigious competition nominates the fifty fastest-growing technology companies headquartered in Belgium based on their percentage of growth in turnover during the last four years.
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The Similarities between Triathlon and IT Projects

Posted by Kristof Van Gemert
After months of intensive training, I recently completed the Almere-Amsterdam Triathlon: a 3.8 swim in open water, followed by 180 km on the bike and a marathon. Looking back on the whole experience, I realized that preparing for a triathlon actually is a lot like running a project at iCapps. Here’s why.
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Five ways in which AR will change our life drastically

Posted by Dennis Covent
In 2015, researchers predicted that the VR industry could hit $120 billion revenue by 2020. In the meanwhile, we have passed the halfway point of this prediction, and right now all evidence indicates that a revolution is indeed taking place. As has been demonstrated before, Apple is expected to kick off AR for real after the summer. But let’s take a look at what’s in store for you and me.
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How to integrate a basic HLS stream with FairPlay

Posted by jellevandebeeck
One of our iOS teams at iCapps is currently working on a project where we need to be able to play HLS video streams that are protected. It took a while to find out how everything works from a technical perspective. So once we found a working solution, I decided to share this knowledge in a blogpost.
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Try! Swift NYC: buddybuild and rich iOS notifications

Posted by Stefan Adams
What better way to start the new school year than by going to a conference in New York City? With a couple of colleagues we headed to the big apple to attend Try!Swift. I must say I was a tad disappointed that the presentations were often targeted towards swift newbies. It would have been a good idea to have a separate track with advanced presentations. That of course doesn’t mean I didn’t pick up any interesting new stuff. Two highlights according to me were Dennis Pilarinos’ talk on Buddybuild and Craig Clayton’s on custom iOS notifications.
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What’s new in Android Oreo?

Posted by Robby Smet
According to Android’s VP of engineering Dave Burke Android Oreo focuses on the “foundation and fundamentals”. His team was guided by a single question: “What are we to make sure that Android is in a great place in the next 5 to 10 years?”
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iPhone X: the beginning of a world without smartphones?

Posted by Dennis Covent
Even before the official announcement of the iPhone X, most details of the new device were already leaked. And, as usual, this generated a huge controversy on the price/quality ratio of this new device. In this heated discussion, people seemed to be unaware of the most important news in this announcement: that we will look back on it as “the moment the iPhoneX taught the world to use AR”.
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Kotlin: Yay or Nay?

Posted by Nicola Verbeeck
The advantages and disadvantages of Kotlin in Android application development A blog by the iCapps Android team A few weeks ago, at its annual I/O Keynote, Google announced that it…
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Our Key Takeaways from ReactEurope 2017

Posted by robinhoudmeyers
A blog by developers Maarten Anckaert, Sam Van Hoof, Jasper Vercammen, Brent van Geertruy and Robin Houdmeyers A couple of weeks ago, we attended ReactEurope 2017 – the largest React…
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WWDC. Big screen. BBQ. Burgers. Beer.

Posted by Dennis Covent
WWDC + Big screen + BBQ + Burgers + Beer According to us, the perfect recipe for a CocoaHeads meetup. Like every year, Apple will share all about their new…
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5 key advantages of React Native

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Blog by web developers Anthony Madhvani and Sam Van Hoof. In an earlier blog we discussed the who, what, why and when of the Facebook-originated React development framework. We already…
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Who you gonna call? Team Innovation!

Posted by nielsleunen
Good times. Spring is in the air and business is going well. Our days are filled with challenging projects for a wide variety of customers in all types of industries….
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Webstorm tips & tricks

Posted by robinhoudmeyers
About 4 months ago I switched my preferred development editor from Atom to Webstorm. Although I really liked my barebones editor being Atom, I always had this feeling it could…
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The linguistics behind chatbots

Posted by Sjoera
I’ve been working as a UX designer for more than 5 years now, but I actually graduated in Applied Linguistics before I ended up where I am now. Though I…
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More ladies in ICT? Yes, please!

Posted by tinelavrysen
It is flattering and humbling to be nominated for an award. So I was really happy to be nominated for the Data News Young ICT Lady of the Year. But…
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Tine, our Young ICT Lady of the Year

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2017, not unlike 2016, is destined to become a year full of surprises. But one fact did not surprise us at all: Tine Lavrysen, our UX Expert & Innovation Ambassador,…
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Security Superheroes with OWASP

Posted by Dennis Covent
The Wasp is one of the superheroes from Marvel Comics. Along with the Avengers she protects the world from evil. But we can’t rely on superheroes to protect us from…
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iCapps BarCamp Recap: The Road Ahead

Posted by nielsleunen
New projects, new people… This is an essential part of iCapps’ growth. However, we are growing at such high speed that many people are no longer aware of what their…
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iCapps boards the Blockchain train

Posted by robinhoudmeyers
Most of you are familiar with the concept of bitcoin, enabling direct payment transactions between users without the need for an external financial institution to validate this transaction. And some…
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Here lies App, may he rest in peace

Posted by Dennis Covent
The title of this blog is a bit misleading. Rest assured, the app is not dead. But the whole app landscape definitely needs to be reinvented. Beautiful apps but…
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Monizze app redesigned

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Today, the newly redesigned mobile app of Monizze for Android and iOS was released. Next to a completely new design, performance and stability of the Monizze app has been optimized...
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Team icapps at the MS Hackathon

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On a Friday evening in May, 10 of our beloved icapps team members hit the road to Amsterdam. They all signed up to participate in the MS Hackathon to take...
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Proud to be nominated for the Deloitte Technology Fast 50

Posted by Dennis Covent
The Deloitte Technology Fast50 competition is an annual selection of the 50 fastest-growing technology companies within Belgium. The initiative is designed to encourage and promote entrepreneurial, fast-growing technology companies. See…
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Screenshot Automation

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Taking screenshots is a tedious process. Everytime your app has an update, you have to take new screenshots, for different resolutions in different languages. I think we can all agree...
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icapps breidt uit naar Nederland

Posted by Dennis Covent
Antwerpen – icapps, de Belgische ontwikkelaar van zakelijke applicaties voor mobiel en web, gaat een joint venture aan met Dalosy, een Nederlandse specialist...
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Interview: Tom gaat naar Apple

Posted by Dennis Covent
Onze Mobile Lead Developer Tom Adriaenssen verlaat iCapps. Hoezeer we dat ook betreuren, toch zijn we blij. Tom maakt de overstap naar Apple om het UIKit team te vervoegen. Binnen...
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XcodeGhost: verify your Xcode

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Recently a malware issue for the iOS app store (which is a rarity in itself) called XcodeGhost made its appearances. I'm not going into the gory details, but it boils...
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UITesting in Xcode 7

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For who? Developers writing apps for iOS9. Written in Swift or Objective-C. "It used to be a pain in the ass, but now, with the introduction of UIRecording it has...
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Swift Code Review guide

Posted by stijnwillems
Reviewing code can be difficult. Especially when it is code written in Swift. Swift is a very new language and it is in many ways simular to Objective-C and in...
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Pluralizing your localisations

Posted by jellevandebeeck
Pluralizing your localisations Everbody is familiar with how you handle different languages in iOS. Most of the time you have a .strings file with the translations. And in code you...
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Our iOS Developer Hans at WWDC 2015

Posted by Dennis Covent
At iCapps, we have a long tradition of attending WWDC, and this year I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to represent our company at the conference. If...
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A Swift Test

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At our latest iCapps Monthly Teammeeting, I presented a small Swift test to our developers. It was supposed to be a bit tongue in cheek, but also a bit serious….
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icapps at WWDC '14

Posted by Dennis Covent
Each year, Apple’s WWDC is one of the biggest technology events. A lot of developers dream about getting an entry ticket for this inspiring event in San Francisco. There…
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We have exciting news...

Posted by Dennis Covent
We are iCapps, a team of enthusiastic mobile guys. We grew to a group of 21 people who share the same passion: mobile apps. Today we can proudly announce that we…
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Building a music app

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In this blogpost, I’m going to discuss the following things: – Make an app that plays music – Play music when the app is not in foreground – Control music…
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